Alison Longhorn, from the CPS, said:
“John Earle took advantage of his young victim for his own sexual gratification. He was charged with serious and prolonged abuse against one of the very people he had a duty of care for in his role as deputy head teacher. We worked closely with the police to build a strong case and faced with the evidence against him, Earle pleaded guilty.
“Earle’s offending has had a lifelong impact on his victim, to whom I would like to express my appreciation. Without him this prosecution would not have been possible. He has displayed immense courage during the investigation and prosecution of this case and I hope the sentence imposed today brings him some comfort.
“These offences took place more than 50 years ago but regardless of when crimes are committed the CPS will always prosecute when there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.”
Notes to Editors
· Alison Longhorn is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS South-West
· John Earle, 87, pleaded guilty six counts of indecent assault against a male at Exeter Crown Court on 29 March 2017. The charges relate to offences committed between 1957 and 1961
· Earle, of Devon, was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Exeter Crown Court today (28 April 2017)